Day FIve Press Tour

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Much better today, no drama, at least so far. :-) So it’s PBS today and tomorrow, so not as many names you might recognize but still cool. The day began with breakfast and the new Electric Company. Lots of fun for kids. One of the highlights of the day was listening to Sir George Martin talk about working with the Beatles and other famous artists. he said his favorite music these days is Cold Play and Radio Head. Talk about great stories and working at Abbey Road. Oh, man. It was friggin’ awesome. Then we had a great American Masters paenl with a ton of folks talking about the history of Warner Bros. Director Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), Jon Voight, Joan Leslie (Sargeant York) and several other producers and family from Warners. GREAT stories. So much fun.

BUT the highlight tonight was a trip to Jim Henson studios. An absolutely magical place. It’s in the old Charlie Chaplin studios and so much history there. They were premiering Sid the Science Kid, which is done with this cool live action animation that you have to see to understand. It’s cutting edge technology and beyond cool. BUT the coolest thing I’ve done in a really long time was visit the Henson Creature Shop. OMG. Old and new from the hamster in the Dr. Doolittle movie to Baby Sinclair from The Dinosaurs and every creature in between. They explained how everything worked. And I was surrounded by these creatures that I’ve just loved. I also saw Charlie Chaplin’s old office, which now belongs to Brian Henson. Just a magical place. I think I said that. :-)

So that’s my day. Tell me what you’re doing this weekend.

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About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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